Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hello from CO!

Well... here we are, on vacation in Colorado! DH had to come out to help out with the opening of the new Children's Hospital, so we packed up and came with him! I was a little skeptical because I have had a lot going on with work, but with a high-speed internet connection at the hotel, I have been able to do a bunch. The drive over wasn't bad and my kids have LOVED staying at the hotel, playing with Gma and Gpa, and doing something different. Besides the 30 minute crying/screaming session in the hotel yesterday, I've enjoyed it as well! I have already visited with a few old friends and plan to see a couple more before the weekend's over! :) (Don't you love the picture? All of us in Colorado and here's a pic of my troops watching the Rockies game in the hotel...)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

On this day...

I promise, this is my final post about the Bubbs... I just like how others have the birth story of their kids posted on their birthday... Mine's pretty much short and sweet but here it goes...

I was very antsy to have E. I think most moms feel that way about kid #1. When my due date (the 16th) came and went, I was pretty grumpy. I did a non-stress test and everything was fine. The doctor checked me and I was 75% effaced and not even dilated to a 1. Bummer. We scheduled an induction on the 22nd. However, I started having contractions on Monday night/Tuesday morning. I was having contractions all day Tuesday and did the whole take a bath thing, walk around, etc and they still were coming! Yipee! By the time evening rolled around, the contractions were probably about 7 minutes apart and lasted 2 minutes. I was getting a little nervous because the hospital was over an hour away and I feared a car/highway birth. :) We tried to sleep because I needed to be at the hospital Wednesday morning at 6am no matter what. By 12:30am I was done and DH called the hospital. They said I was probably okay but I could come in if I wanted since I'd be there anyway later in the morning. We packed up and took off. The contractions were 4-5 minutes apart and lasting longer the whole drive down, but DH was good and supportive and we moved quickly (thank you UHP for not being around).

When we got to the hospital around 3am, they admitted us and then the nurse checked me - I was dilated! - to a 2. Poop. They didn't send me home but just hooked me up and gave the dr a call. We passed the time slowly and painfully. I didn't feel comfortable on the bed and didn't know if I could get up while hooked to the machines, so when the nurse offered pain meds, I took it! Around 5:30am they ended up giving me the pitocin because my labor had stalled a little. My doc okayed the epidural around 6am and I was home free from there on out! (I am very impressed with natural birth, but me + epidural was extremely pleasant). DH was sleepy and passed out on the couch. E's heartbeat went down and I had to be put on oxygen and DH slept through that too :) By just after 11am I was ready to push. I pushed twice and then the nurse said "Wait - I've got to get the doctor!" He suited up and I pushed a few more times and out she slid! She was born at 11:31am and was 7 lbs, 5 oz. She must have my genes because just like me the cord was wrapped around her neck. I was impressed at how the doctor just calmly unwrapped her like it was no big deal - I didn't worry about it all. DH cut the cord and we both marveled at how beautiful and slimy and red and wonderful she was! It's hard to describe the feeling of holding your first child (or any child) in your arms for the first time. She remained nameless for several hours (I was convinced I would come up with something better than E - DH was convinced it was the right name - and he was right). What an amazing experience!

And what an experience to continue to see her grow and learn and progress! What a blessing to be a mother!

Happy Birthday Bubbs! (Take 2)

The Bubbs is officially three years old! I am so amazed at how time flies! We were contemplating E behind the wheel in say, 12 years, and I was thinking how long it sounds but how quickly it time will pass! I've really got to enjoy the time I have with her as a little girl!

Anywho - against my better judgment we threw her a Dora party... Just kidding, it really wasn't that bad! Besides the fruit pizza catastrophe (think sugar cookie dough, oven, a little smoke...), everything went rather well. She had four little girls over and we did Dora everything! We did coloring, tatoos, DuckDuckGoose (well that' not Dora but it didn't really work anyway...), made Dora's backpack out of manila envelopes and ribbon and felt, ate cake and ice cream, opened presents, and went on a mini-treasure hunt to find the party favors. I haven't thrown a party before and I have to say my first attempt went pretty well (thanks to my sis, my DH, and the internet). The gifts they gave fit perfectly, she was thrilled, and no one cried -> everyone went home with stickers and candy and they were happy! We spent the rest of the day attending a neighborhood BBQ, watching the BYU game (go Cougars!), having cake & ice cream with Oma & Opa, playing with toys and listening to the rain! My daughter definitely went to bed happy! (And we still have a few presents she didn't get to open yet!) Happy Birthday Kid = Happy Mom!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bubbs' Birthday, Take 1

Well, the Bubbs celebrated her 3rd birthday today (more on today in my next post)... She is growing up so fast! I can barely believe it! At any rate, we did things differently this year - we celebrated a little as a family early and then had a party (a Dora party, of course) with her little friends today.
On Wednesday we took the Bubbs and the Simster to a blow-up jumping place called "Bouncin' Off the Walls". They only have Open Bounce on Wednesdays, so we had to make it then or not at all this week. We only paid $5 for the whole family! (Parents bounce free, and the lady let Sim in free as well - what a deal)! Both kids LOVED it - E calls it the "jumpoline place" which is the cutest! One of the jumping things was a football field/basketball court so Sim was in heaven!

After that we took them to Chuck E. Cheese for dinner... The coolest thing about that place is definitely not the pizza, the price, or even Chuck E. Cheese - it was that they had arcade games even toddlers could play and they gave the kids tickets even if they lost the game. Then when they cashed in the tickets for prizes, they felt pretty good about themselves. :)

We finished up the night with a quick tript to Ikea to pick up some stuff for the Bubbs - a table + two chairs, a toy box, and (because her dad couldn't resist...) a little play "igloo" (really a tent). It was a bit of a long evening/night, but totally worth it! We had some fun, family-focused time and really got to enjoy being together! It was like Family Night on steroids :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Fall's Pros and Cons

I thought I would do something fun, since I have nothing spectacular to post (we DID get our new bed and I took some "Before" pictures and will take some "After" pictures when I think the makeover's complete). It's been cooler the past few days and I thought I'd list my Fall Pros and Cons (mostly Pros - fall's my favorite season)

Pros (top ten):
10. almost time to WATCH the Jazz play instead of hearing DH talk about it
9. lower electricity bill (this summer's been a killer!)
8. almost time to give up on the lawn (yeah! dormant grass!)
7. birthdays (the Bubbs, my nephew, my parents, mine, my BIL, my MIL etc)
6. taking a family trip to the mountains to see the fall colors
5. cute jeans, sweaters, coats, comfy blankets and pjs
4. the briskness & crispness of the air that takes your breath away
3. time for fires in the fireplace
2. BYU football
1. HOT CHOCOLATE (I love it I love it I love it!)

Cons (as many as I could think of)
10. time to get the furnace checked out
9. have to actually put shoes and socks on the kiddos, no sandals
8. have to buy the cute clothes talked about in Pro #5 - kids keep growing!
7. not as much playground time & kids can get antsy
6. sometimes it's just plain gloomy
5. Halloween is not my favorite holiday
4. hmmm... I can't think of any more... I guess I should just have put "Top 5 Cons"

I love fall!

P.S. Please enjoy the picture of E & S actually snuggling each other and looking like they like being brother & sister - although if you look closely... is the Bubbs strangling him? :)

Dessert Contest

As promised forever ago, here's my Strawberry Cheesecake. I love making cheesecake - I started as part of a cheesecake contest with coworkers as a freshman at BYU and kept trying to perfect it. When our ward decided to have a dessert contest as part of our ward party, I thought it would give me a great reason to make my cheesecake - for the first time since the Bubbs was born! And so this is what I took with me - of course, by the time it was judged, half the strawberry juice had spilled on my pants and on the passenger seat of the car... I've got to work on the transporting problem.

And how did my Strawberry Cheesecake rank? (drum roll.....) I was the 2nd Place Winner! I was satisfied with being the runner-up but my DH, of course, after sampling the winner (Blueberry something), insists I was robbed of my title :) Isn't loyalty nice?

Truth is, it was really fun - I really enjoy cooking and baking and pretend I'm on the Food Network once in a while - it's one of those hobbies I can at least try to cultivate even with young kids.

(Oh, the recipe? I actually have combined several to fit what has worked for me, but I found a similar one to mine at - you can check it out here - I change the crust and of course the topping isn't included, but it's the same basic thing.)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Labor Day $hopping...

So I have a wonderful recipe post complete with picture, but I can't find my USB cable right now so you'll just have to anticipate the wonderfulness...

Until then, I thought I'd post about our Labor Day. We had a great desire to get tons of stuff done - however, it was over 100 degrees and my motivation was about -3 on a scale of 1 to 10. DH got to talking about how much he thinks he would sleep better if we had a better bed. We've been toying with the idea of an intelli-gel mattress set. DH has decided it's the best choice of the higher-end beds. I will admit that I don't always sleep the greatest, but let's remember I'm six months pregnant. Usually I can sleep anywhere. Like on a park bench. Or in a fish tank. Seriously.

Anywhoo- to make a long story short, we ditched the cleaning/fixing idea and exchanged it for a $hopping day. We went to the MyComfort store, tested out the mattresses (while the Bubbs and Simster climbed all over the beds like monkeys), checked out the deals and promotions and decided to purchase one (with a 60 night return policy). DH decided on the King size but even if we'd decided on the queen we would have needed a new bed frame (we only have a full right now). We've been saving up for a while to get both a new mattress and bed frame, so we decided to check out our options.

Next stop? The IKEA warehouse. This was our first time there and I have to admit - pretty amazing! It's huge and pretty and has some great stuff (and some not so great stuff too, of course). They have a children's play area to drop off kids, but because of the holiday there was no room so we just pulled ours along behind us. We found a bed frame that was nice but not too pricey with a couple of cool options/extras we could add to if we wanted. We also made note of some other cool ideas and ended up with a rug and a wok as well. When we went to the warehouse to pick up the frame, the King size in the color we wanted was gone! We asked the guy and he said he didn't know when more would come in. Nuts! We were a teensy bit bummed. But we will probably wait it out and sleep without a frame when the mattress arrives. It's just a really good deal and we don't think we'll find something else in the price range that we like. Plus I wouldn't mind another visit to IKEA... :)

We ended our $hopping with a much needed grocery store run and were all bushed by the time we got home. Quick dinner, FHE, and kids to bed.

Now I just have to rearrange our master bedroom to fit the king-size!

On the horizon: Sim's stitches come out tomorrow!